The cryogenics compartment was covered in cobwebs.
This allowed the rescue crew to confirm that the derelict had drifted through the cosmos for a very long time.
Life support systems remained active.
But where did all the spiders come from?
The children slowly adjusted to their new house.
The creak of floorboards.
The rattle of windowpanes whenever the wind howled.
The chill drafts that seized bedrooms at night.
However, the inexplicable keyhole located in the back of the fireplace remained a mystery.
His latest get-rich-quick scheme involved using his time machine to travel back to the Mesozoic, collect dinosaur eggs, and market the eggs in the present as “extreme” Easter decorations.
He remembered to dye the eggs.
Unfortunately for the children, he forgot to boil.
When the supply shuttle arrived, there was no one to greet the crew members.
The colony appeared mostly intact, with few indications of trouble or distress.
However, a scan did produce indicators of life.
All of which emanated from the surprisingly full graveyard.